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    Claire McEachern,Stephen Orgel,A. R. Braunmuller,William Shakespeare
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She takes a moderate but coldly realistic view. Henry is both the & of all Christian kings' and a ruthless and Machiavellian performer of power.

Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time.

Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used.

More in Pelican Shakespeare Series . Penguin Classics, 2000, ePub. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse.

While William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 is a different experience than Richard II, it is a fantastic play!

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. While William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 is a different experience than Richard II, it is a fantastic play!

William Shakespeare, Stephen Orgel, A. R. Braunmuller.

William Shakespeare, Stephen Orgel, A. Each play and collection of poems is preceded by a substantial introduction that looks at textual and literary-historical issues.

Henry IV, Часть 2. William Shakespeare. Books About the Shakespeare Texts. A. Braunmuller, Stephen Orgel. After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal’s reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV’s dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare’s portrait of the prodigal son’s journey from youth to maturity embraces the full panorama of society. Издание: иллюстрированное.

William shakespeare of stratforduponavon gentleman. The question of authorship. I1Enter the King Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland Sir Walter Blunt with others. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education.

KING HENRY V. Not yet, my cousin: we would be resolved, Before we hear him, of some things of weight That task our thoughts, concerning us and France. Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the BISHOP of ELY. CANTERBURY. God and his angels guard your sacred throne And make you long become it! KING HENRY V. Sure, we thank you.

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel   The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.   For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.    

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First off, I give "Henry V" a 4 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole. The Bard is in a class of his own.
Act 1 of this perennial favorite play of Shakespeare's is only exposition, letting the audience see Henry receive justification for his impending invasion of France. It is dull. Very dull at times. However, stick with it, as it ends on a high note with a great exchange between Henry and the French ambassador.
There are numerous highlights of the play, but my mind is especially drawn to Act 4:1 when Henry walks in disguise among his troops on the eve of battle. Shakespeare gives us the perspectives of the leaders and common soldiers during a war, and he arouses our sympathy for both. An interesting thing I observed was how even in war and battle the obsession with class distinction that was a hallmark of that period in English history is pervasive throughout the text, reminding us that Shakespeare was indeed a product of his time. It seems ridiculous to the modern reader, but in context it is not out of place at all. Act 5:2 is another high point for the play where we get to see Henry's blunt, and I think honest, attempt to woo Katherine. It is humorous for its self deprecation and awkwardness which any person who hates the game of flirtation and dating will understand and appreciate. Some things simply transcend time.
Henry V is the perfect Machiavellian, especially in Act 4:3 when he delivers the iconic "St Crispian's Day" speech. The speech is really a bold faced lie with the king telling the common soldiers who will die in his war that they are "noble" and "his brothers", when really they are shedding blood to increase his power base. Or is he a patriotic hero and a lover of England? Like most good leaders, Shakespeare seems to be saying that he is both. You read this speech and you know you are being manipulated, yet your blood cannot help but quicken.
The best drawn, and really only complex characters in the text are Henry, Fluellen, and perhaps the shady Pistol. Though all three are vastly different: one a consummate politician, one a simple loyal loudmouth, and the last a deceitful and "me first" vagabond, we see that actually these three characters share these qualities with each other, and the only thing that separates them is that one of the qualities is more pronounced in one than the other two. An interesting point being is being made here by the author.
Finally, I love the Chorus who begins each act with begging the audience's pardon for the dramatic license being taken with the historical story, and who then fills in many blanks that the reader does not get to witness first hand. The appeals the Chorus makes to the audience's imagination is what all dramatic literature should strive to do, and I enjoyed this narrative device.
As for the Pelican Shakespeare series, they are my favorite editions as the scholarly research is usually top notch and the editions themselves look good as an aesthetic unit. It looks and feels like a play and this compliments the text's contents admirably. The Pelican series was recently reedited and has the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his time period. Well priced and well worth it.
After reading tons of reviews trying to determine which of the many copies to buy we settled on this one. We were not disappointed it was a very balanced and precise edition that my son used for his AP Literature class. All in all a fantastic purchase!
I originally gave 2 starts but was harassed into changing by review to 5 starts?
Interesting commentaries help with understanding this text. Also it includes notes on the various versions of Shakespeare's play. Convenient size, too!
The one I had was just like this one but hydrogen peroxide got on the pages. So I looked it up at Amazon.com and there it was. As good as the one I had.
Who doesn't want to be Henry V? Delivering all those great speeches, defying the odds, winning the day and getting the girl. Look who's played the part: Laurence Olivier, Alec Clunes, Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, and recently, in a BBC adaption for TV, Tom Hiddleston. Henry V is nothing less than Shakespeare's ideal heroic character, the good king who will not fail.

But is he too good to be true? Let's find out. Based on little more than some old Salic law, Henry has decided he is the rightful King of France. When the Dauphin sends him a bag of tennis balls as a sign that he is less than impressed with Henry and his claim, Henry declares war. Meanwhile, at Henry's old hangout, the Boar's Head Tavern, Sir John Falstaff and his cronies cannot understand why their old friend, now that he is king, has abandoned them. Poor Falstaff dies of a broken heart while all England wishes King Henry success and conquest as he embarks for France.

At Harfleur, Henry gives the first of his great speeches ("Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; / Or close the wall up with our English dead!"). Harfleur is taken, but sickness and lack of food weaken the English army. Nevertheless the king, relying upon the bravery of his men, pitches camp at Agincourt, well-knowing the French will give battle there. So confident are the French of victory on the morrow, they make little preparation for battle. At dawn, Henry makes his second great speech ("We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; / For he today that sheds his blood with me / Shall be my brother.") Despite vastly superior numbers, the Dauphin's forces are soundly defeated and ask for peace. Henry agrees once his demands are met--that he be recognized as heir to the French throne, and that Katherine, daughter of the French king, be given him in marriage. Henry's wooing of Katherine is both comical and charming ("You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate.") and makes for a happy ending.

What do critics say? Are they impressed with Henry? Charles Hazlitt ("Characters of Shakespeare's Plays") was not. "(Henry) was fond of war and low company: we know little else of him. In private, he seemed to have no idea of the common decencies of life, which he subjected to a kind of regal license; in public affairs, he seemed to have no idea of any rule or right or wrong, but brute force, glossed over with a little religious hypocrisy and archiepiscopal advice." On the other hand, Edward Dowden ("Shakespeare--His Mind and Art") was an outright fan. "With his glorious practical virtues, his courage, his integrity, his unfaltering justice, his hearty English warmth, his modesty, his love of plainness rather than pageantry, his joyous temper, his business-like English piety, Henry is indeed the ideal of the king who must attain a success complete, and thoroughly real and sound."

Finally, there is Claire McEachern, UCLA professor and author of the introduction to the Pelican Shakespeare edition (and the reason to purchase this book). She takes a moderate but coldly realistic view. "Henry is both the `mirror of all Christian kings' and a ruthless and Machiavellian performer of power. . . . He threatens war and rapine, as in the speech before the gates of Harfleur--'the fleshed soldier, rough and hard of heart, / In liberty of bloody hand shall range / With conscience wide as hell, mowing the grass / Your fresh fair virgins and your flow'ring infants'. But he also condemns them, as when he refuses to pardon a thieving Bardolph: `We would have all such offenders so cut off. And we give express charge that in our marches through the country there be nothing compelled from the villages, nothing taken but paid for; . . . for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner'." McEachern continues: "These two sides, the inspiring and the calculating--constitute the double face of Henry, but it is a duality that does not so much discredit his rulership as render it all the more compelling. He is both righteous and ruthless, glorious and repellent, and the combination serves to make him both difficult to grasp and a king for every moment."

Bottom line: whomever you discover him to be, "The Life of Henry V" is wonderful storytelling, with high drama, low comedy, inspiring speeches, and a sly chorus (that some say is Shakespeare himself) to frame the action and enhance the legend. Five stars.